Brad Cunningham, Organist
Brad grew up in Augusta, Ga. and studied organ with Drs. John Schaeffer and Peter B. DeWitt, graduating from Shorter College, Rome, Ga., with a bachelor of music in organ performance. Brad also holds the American Guild of Organists (AGO) Service Playing Certificate, and a master of divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Miss.
He has served as executive board member, employment referral administrator, and on the professional concerns committee for the Atlanta chapter of AGO, co-chaired Pipe Organ Encounters for young people in Atlanta and worked with Atlanta WABE Public Broadcasting, bringing organ enthusiast and recording engineer Michael Barone to Atlanta to record for the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, Pipedreams. Brad has worked for Calgary International Organ Competition and Festival in Atlanta and Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He currently holds a dual membership with the Columbia, SC and Augusta, GA chapters of AGO, and is a member of Church Music Association of America.
Since returning to the Augusta/Aiken area in 2007, Mr. Cunningham has performed in concerts around Augusta, including solo artist performances, performances with Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Westobou Festival events, Savannah River Brassworks, choral festivals with Drs. Larry Wyatt, Joseph Jennings and Brad Holmes, Aiken Masterworks Chorale with Dr. Joel Scraper, and Augusta's St. John United Methodist Concerts With a Cause series. Recently, the October 2017 St. Paul Episcopal Church Augusta Tuesday's Music Live series was presented in Mr. Cunningham's honor. However, his most memorable honor, according to Brad, was the attendance of the Augusta Red Hat Society in one of his solo artist performances. Long live the Red Hatters!
Brad’s primary passion is teaching organ to students at Cardinal Newman High School Organ Academy, Columbia, SC. The organ academy was founded at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. Read more.
“St. Joseph Catholic Church has a rich heritage of music ministry and liturgy. Her church musicians have been strong, holding a high standard,” says Brad. “Our choir is strong. Our cantors are talented and sensitive to the musical needs of the liturgy. Pastors and staff are incredible to work with. We are catching up to a 10+ year dream of building a new pipe organ that will enrich our liturgy. It is exciting to be here in this place, at this time,” reports Brad.